Apple reveals sneak peek at Safari’s future features

“Apple has launched the Safari Technology Preview to give developers an early look at web technologies in the pipeline for iOS and OS X,” Liam Tung repots for ZDNet.

“Although the preview version of Safari is only for OS X, Apple says it will showcase web layout, visual effects, and developer tools for its desktop and mobile operating systems,” Tung reports. “It will also include the latest version of Safari’s rendering engine, WebKit.”

“Unlike the nightly WebKit build, the new preview is integrated with iCloud, enabling browsing history and bookmarks to be synced if the feature is enabled,” Tung repots. “‘For most people, we think Safari Technology Preview is a more convenient and stable way to live on recent WebKit changes,’ said Ricky Mondello, an Apple Safari developer.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple says:

Safari is the best way to see the sites on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Safari Technology Preview gives you an early look at upcoming web technologies in OS X and iOS including the latest layout technologies, visual effects, and developer tools so you can provide input on how they are implemented and deliver a best-in-class user experience on all Apple devices.

More info and download link here.


    1. SJBMusic, that is why they are called ‘Standards’.

      I’m very pleased to see the latest implementation of the Shadow DOM in Safari, while this isn’t a web standard ‘yet’, I suspect that it will be. And it will open up the floodgates to more web components and better web page designs.

      I am posting this reply using the new ‘Safari Technology Preview’.

      1. I am also looking forward to trying the ECMAScript 6 direct support. There are currently no browsers that are 100% compliant with the ESMAScript 6 specification, I am looking forward to seeing how the Safari Technology Preview stacks up to the other browsers.

  1. One clarification. Liam Tung said in the source article:
    ‘Some of the new features available in the preview include support for the latest JavaScript, ECMAScript 6, and B3, a new compiler for JavaScript.’

    That’s a terrible sentence!

    ECMAScript incorporates all of JavaScript. The term ‘JavaScript’ is actually a legacy term that is effectively worthless except as a reference to the old days of NetScape when there only was JavaScript. These days, ECMAScript incorporates A LOT more than just JavaScript.

    IOW: Whenever you see the decrepit old term ‘JavaScript’, read ‘ECMAScript’ and you’ll attain far better comprehension.

    Meanwhile, no doubt the two terms will continue to be confused and with compromised meaning. Stop doing that please, Liam Tung!

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